Curtainsider Trailers

Curtainsider trailer - A flatbed trailer with retractable curtains along each side to make loading and unloading easier.

What is a curtainsider trailer? 

A curtainsider or tautliner trailer, is the generic name for a curtain sided type of trailer, Curtainsiders usually have a hard-shell roof, solid front bulkhead, conventional rear doors, and a retractable curtain along both sides. 

The curtains run on top and bottom horizontal rails and cover both sides of the trailer. The heavy-duty PVC tarpaulin curtains protect the load from the elements and are flexible enough to pull aside for access. 

Why a curtainsider trailer? 

Curtainsider trailers ensure less time for loading and more time on the road. A plus point made possible thanks to their ability to draw back the curtains on either side of the trailer to allow access to multiple forklifts. A curtainsider trailer weighs less than a box trailer.  

As every drop has its specific method of unloading, a tautliner trailer offers the best of both worlds. Faced with a loading bay, the fold-back rear doors give conventional access. Meanwhile, yard loading is simple thanks to access to either side.   

For anyone offering multi-point drops, a curtainsider trailer is tailor-made to allow easy access for partial loads.  


  • Load/unload from either side  
  • Dock or yard loading 
  • Ease of access for multi-drop operations 
  • Weight and fuel cost savings 
  • Cargo Protected from the elements

Rental, lease, or maintenance? 

A cost-effective haulage fleet is essential and fixed costs go a long way to successfully managing your business. A curtainsider trailer rental or curtainsider trailer lease from TIP makes economic sense. 

Moreover, if you lease or rent, it frees up capital investment funds. The financial headaches associated with straight purchases, such as capital investment, residual value, and depreciation, remain with TIP.  

Whether you rent or lease a curtainsider trailer from TIP or not, skilled technicians and a nationwide network of workshops are available for maintenance and repair work.   

  • Fixed monthly payments. 
  • Rental includes full-service menu + MOT + Roadside assistance. 
  • Flexible lease term + service package available + no capital investment 
  • Lease a new trailer or one from our existing fleet. 
  • Maintenance and repair work available to all assets 


Note: TIP offers curtainsider trailer rental.

Are you looking for a specific curtainsider?  Contact us. Due to our large fleet, we have different types of curtainsiders in our range to meet your requirements. 

TIP offers curtainsider trailers on a  short-term rental or a long term lease basis from all of the leading manufacturers and others. Please note, the available trailers may differ per location. Ask for availability in advance. 

Are you interested in buying a curtainsider trailer? Then take a look at the  TIP Used site. 


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